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January 19, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 71-80

Posted by: Feldman

Sorry to get these out a little late today; I've been head-down in my stuff for tomorrow's print edition. 

So we're just two days away from meeting No. 103 between the Mayo and John Marshall boys hockey teams. That means we're quickly running out of Rivalry Recaps ... sniff ... sniff.
I've had a great time putting these together and I hope you've enjoyed them or they've brought back some memories. I've also talked to a bunch of former players and coaches (and some guys currently involved) and I appreciate all of their help. I could sit and listen to their stories for hours. 
Anyhow, some of those stories will find their way into the print edition of the P-B on Friday. So pick it up, buy it, read it. Please. Pretty please.
We won't actually post the final 11 Rivalry Recaps here on the blog until Saturday morning, prior to that day's JM-Mayo game.
Let's get on with today's recaps. Today we look at games 71-80 in the series, which include one of the best games ever played between these teams (a double-OT thriller in a section final), a Big Nine title-clinching victory, and the first meeting ever JM-Mayo game in the Kiwanis Festival. Today's games take us from Dec. 17, 1998 through Feb. 7, 2002.
GAME 71 / Dec. 17, 1998 / Mayo 6, JM 2
Spartans wake up, blitz Rockets
In a game that was scoreless until the final three minutes of the second period, it took a JM goal to get Mayo going. Todd Hangge — who accounted for both of JM's goals — gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead at 12:28 of the first period. Mayo responded just 1:29 later, when Brian Fisher scored to tie it. Just 29 seconds after that, scored the first of his two goals, giving Mayo the lead for good. Bahr and Ben Larson then each scored once in the first 1:31 of the third as Mayo pulled away. Andy Canzanello and Mike Vlasak tacked on a goal each for the Spartans.
GAME 72 / Jan. 30, 1999 / Mayo 3, JM 0
Mayo strikes early, shuts down Rockets
Max Bahr scored twice for Mayo in the first 4:04 of the game and the Spartans breezed to a 3-0 victory in front of less than 1,000 people at the Rochester Recreation Center, a crowd believed to be one of the smallest (at the time) to see a JM-Mayo game. Mayo's defense limited JM to 12 shots on goal -- Spartans sophomore goalie Jeff Jakaitis, making his first start against JM, stopped them all -- including just one in the third period. JM goalie Tom Lovett did his best to keep the Rockets in the game, stopping 36 shots. Sam Everson also scored once for Mayo.
GAME 73 / Feb. 24, 1999 / Mayo 5, JM 4 (2 OT) / Section 1 championship
An instant classic
Prior to the start of the second overtime of the 1998-99 Section 1 championship game at Mariucci Arena, Mayo co-coach Jeff Whitney asked Matt Notermann if he had enough energy to play every-other shift. "I'll go 'til we win," Notermann told him. That didn't take long. Mayo won the opening faceoff of the second OT and defenseman Brandon Wiltgen dumped the puck into the JM zone. It bounced off the endboards and right to Notermann, who was cutting to the net. He gathered the puck and fired it past JM goalie Tom Lovett for a 5-4 victory, sending Mayo back to the state tournament. Top-seeded Mayo had defeated JM twice in the regular season, and the sixth-seeded Rockets nearly pulled off the upset in the section final. The Rockets led 4-3 with four minutes to go in regulation, but Max Bahr scored at 11:34 of the third period to force OT. Bahr scored twice in the game, while Brandon Buskowiak and Colin Nash also scored for the Spartans. Todd Hangge, Andy Mack, Corey Kanz and Graham Plumhoff tallied for JM. Plumhoff's goal at 2:25 of the third looked like it could be the game winner until Bahr's goal late in the period. "Before the last overtime, they all sat in (the locker room), composed," Whitney said. "I have never seen a team as focused as this one."
GAME 74 / Dec. 21, 1999 / Mayo 3, JM 2
The d-man does it for Mayo
Mayo defenseman Mark Pettis scored just four goals during the 1998-99 season. By late December of the 1999-2000 season, Pettis had already scored three times, including two game winners. His second game winning goal of the season came midway through the third period of this game, completing the Spartans' rally from a 2-0 deficit. Pettis said his shot either deflected in off a JM player or was tipped by teammate Mitch Hanson. The Spartans entered the game ranked 10th in the state poll and improved to 4-0 with the victory, though all four wins came by one goal. Brian Fisher and Mike Vlasak scored for Mayo, 23 seconds apart in the second period to tie the score 2-2. Joe Magee scored at 6:11 of the first period to give JM at 1-0 lead, then T.J. Brekke made it 2-0 when he scored just 56 seconds into the second period. Tom Lovett made 24 saves for JM; Jeff Jakaitis made 22 stops to earn the win for Mayo.
GAME 75 / Feb. 10, 2000 / Mayo 5, JM 2
A title-clinching victory
Mayo scored three goals in the second period -- two by Sage Swanson, one from Scott Thauwald -- to beat JM for the ninth consecutive time. The Spartans also wrapped up their seventh consecutive outright or shared Big Nine Conference championship. Mayo was 14-0 in conference play and 18-2 overall after the 5-2 win, in which Brandon Buskowiak and Brian Fisher also scored for the Spartans. Joe Magee and Noah Kroening scored JM's goals. Future NHLer Bryce Lampman had an assist on each of the Rockets goals. JM fell to 11-3 in the Big Nine, 13-6-1 overall.
GAME 76 / Dec. 21, 2000 / Mayo 2, JM 0
Mayo's holds off gritty JM team
Mayo's Jeff Jakaitis stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn the shutout and lift the No. 6-ranked Spartans to a hard-fought victory against JM and first-year varsity goalie Mike McGarry, who made 32 saves to hold the Rockets in the game. Mayo's coaches praised JM's play, but were underwhelmed with their own team's effort. "On a scale of 0-to-10 for effort, I'll give that a 5," Mayo head coach Lorne Grosso said. JM was short on numbers, skating just two forward lines for a vast majority of the game, and inexperienced on defense. Yet, the Rockets hung in to the final buzzer. Mayo led 1-0 after two periods on a goal by Brandon Buskowiak. Mike Vlasak added one in the third.
GAME 77 / Dec. 28, 2000 / Mayo 6, JM 2
Spartans win showdown at Kiwanis Festival
In the first-ever meeting between two Rochester teams in the eight-year history of the Kiwanis Festival, Mayo jumped on JM early, then pulled away. The Spartans never trailed, as Tim Gerlesberger scored just 10 seconds into the game. Chad Wiesner answered for JM less than three minutes later, but Mitch Hanson countered for Mayo with an unassisted short-handed goal at 8:31 of the first to put the Spartans up for good. Sam Everson had two goals and an assist for Mayo, which advanced to the Kiwanis tournament championship game. Brandon Buskowiak and Scott Thauwald also scored once each for Mayo. Jeff Jakaitis stopped 20 shots in the win, while JM's Mike McGarry made 29 saves.
GAME 78 / Feb. 12, 2001 / Mayo 7, JM 2
Spartans respond to adversity
Two days after learning three varsity regulars were suspended for the remainder of the season, Mayo responded with one of its best outings of the year. The Spartans outshot JM, 49-18. Sam Everson led the way offensively for Mayo, with two goals (his 25th and 26th of the season) and an assist. Scott Thauwald, Mitch Hanson, Mike Vlasak, Mark Pettis and Josh Brady also scored for the Spartans. Tim Gerlesberger also had two assists for Mayo, which led 3-0 after one period and 7-2 after two. Chad Wiesner and Brian Peters scored for the Rockets.
GAME 79 / Jan. 5, 2002 / Mayo 4, JM 0
Mayo's "D" is the difference
Mayo senior goalie David Nash recorded his first varsity shutout, stopping all 16 shots JM put on goal. Four players scored once each for Mayo, including a highlight-reel, end-to-end rush by Scott Thauwald for a goal that made it 3-0 with just 10 seconds to go in the second period. Josh Brady, Andy Canzanello and Eric Kroning also scored one goal each. Josh Skinner made 22 saves for the Rockets. JM coach Aaron Neurer, whose team played with just 13 skaters because of lack of numbers, injuries and suspensions, said he was pleased with the Rockets' effort against a tough Mayo team. "This was the most consistent we've played all year," Neurer said. "We only have 13 skaters, but they have a lot of heart, a lot of grit." Mayo's coaches felt like their team let off the gas after outshooting JM 13-3 in the first period to build a 2-0 lead. "We're always happy to get a win over John Marshall," Mayo co-coach Jeff Whitney said, but coach Lorne Grosso added: "If you practiced for a piano concert for six weeks, would you then go out and just play whatever notes you felt like and expect to be successful?"
GAME 80 / Feb. 7, 2002 / Mayo 7, JM 4
Mayo's top line does the damage
Mayo's first line, featuring Scott Thauwald, Tim Gerlesberger and Jim Strain, did all of the damage for the Spartans in this victory against their oldest rival. Mayo rallied from a 3-1 deficit thanks to a hat trick and two assists from Thauwald, a hat trick and an assist from Strain, and a goal and two assists from Gerlesberger. Jake Hovick scored twice and Jeff Kothenbeutel once for JM, as it built a 3-1 lead in the opening period. Mayo seized control, though, with a four-goal second period, which included all three of Strain's goals. Matt Hawkinson added one goal in the second for the Rockets. Mayo outshot JM, 30-24. "JM came out and played hard," said Mayo co-coach Jeff Whitney, "but we didn't come out right away with enough intensity. The second period was the way we wanted to play hockey."
Through 80 games
* JM leads the series, 40-38-2
* JM has outscored Mayo, 267-243

High School Hockey Tonight | Jan. 19, 2012

Posted by: Feldman

Two Rochester teams are in action tonight; both with a chance to pull into a tie for first place in the Big Nine. JM can do so with a victory; Mayo can do so with a victory and a JM victory. JM could gain some big-time confidence with a win tonight. More importantly, the Rockets hope to find some offense against one of the better teams in the conference.

As for Mayo, coach Lorne Grosso will make his first road trip of the season, to Winona. His stress level shouldn't get too high. This is a game Mayo should win handily, but, you never know, right? Here's a look at tonight's games:

: 7:30 p.m., tonight
Where: Rochester Recreation Center
Records: Albert Lea 7-2-0 Big Nine, 9-6-1 overall; 
Coaches: A.L., Roy Nystrom; JM, Jay Ness.
Last meeting: Albert Lea beat JM, 7-4, at the Rochester Rec Center on Dec. 7, 2010, in the teams' only meeting last season. 
Last game: Albert Lea beat Austin, 10-0, on Tuesday; JM beat Austin, 10-0, on Saturday.
Game notes: Albert Lea's win Tuesday gave it sole possession of first place in the Big Nine Conference. The Tigers could maintain that lead with a victory tonight. ... A JM victory would leave it tied with A.L. atop the conference standings; Mayo would also join them if it wins at Winona. ... JM's leading scorer, junior F Gavin Sandwick, has 11 points in the past three games (3-8--11). ... Senior F Levi Hacker leads the Tigers in scoring (16-16--32). He has nine points in the past three games. ... These teams are scheduled to meet again on Feb. 14 at Albert Lea.

: 7:30 p.m., tonight.
Where: Bud King Ice Arena, Winona.
Records: Mayo 6-1-0 Big Nine, 9-5-0 overall; Winona 1-6-0, 2-10-1.
Coaches: Mayo, Lorne Grosso; Winona, Fran McDevitt.
Last meeting: Mayo beat Winona, 7-1, on Feb. 5, 2011, at Graham Arena. Derek McMasters had a hat trick and an assist for the Spartans.
Last game: Mayo beat Century, 3-1, on Saturday; Winona beat Austin, 5-0, on Jan. 12.
Game notes: Winona's win against Austin was its first conference victory of the season. ... These teams are scheduled to meet again on Feb. 18, in the final game of the regular season. ... The Winhawks' leading scorer is junior F Ryan Grant (4-5--9). ... Mayo hasn't lost a conference game in more than a month (a 4-3 loss to Rochester JM on Dec. 10).

January 18, 2012

High School Hockey | Poll Time (Jan. 18)

Posted by: Feldman

The latest state high school hockey polls have been released by Let's Play Hockey magazine. Rochester Lourdes has dropped one spot to No. 10 in the Class A boys poll. The Eagles are the only Section 1 boys team in the Class A poll; New Prague has dropped out.

In the Class A girls poll, Red Wing (No. 8) and Mankato East (No. 11) hold their spots from last week.

Lakeville South remains the only Section 1 team ranked in the boys Class AA poll, though the Cougars have dropped to No. 17 after rising as high as No. 11. In the AA girls poll, Lakeville South is No. 9 and Lakeville North is No. 10.

Here are this week's polls:

1. Hermantown
2. Breck
3. St. Thomas Academy
4. Duluth Marshall
5. East Grand Forks
6. Thief River Falls
7. Totino-Grace
8. St. Cloud Cathedral
9. Mahtomedi
10. Rochester Lourdes
11. Blake
12. Warroad
13. Delano/Rockford
14. Hibbing/Chisholm
15. Rogers
16. Little Falls
17. Duluth Denfeld
18. Mound-Westonka
19. Orono
20. International Falls

1. Duluth East
2. Minnetonka
3. Maple Grove
4. Eagan
5. Edina
6. Benilde-St. Margaret's
7. Eden Prairie
8. Moorhead
9. Wayzata
10. Hill-Murray
11. Blaine
12. Burnsville
13. Grand Rapids
14. Andover
15. Elk River/Zimmerman
16. Centennial
17. Lakeville South
18. Cloquet/Esko/Carlton
19. Roseville
20. Roseville Area

• • •

1. Breck
2. Warroad
3. South St. Paul
4. Thief River Falls
5. Orono
6. Blake
7. Mound-Westonka
8. Red Wing
9. Chisago Lakes
10. Rogers
11. Mankato East
12. Visitation
13. Crookston
14. Hutchinson
15. Henry Sibley
16. Hibbing/Chisholm
17. East Grand Forks
18. Simley
19. Mahtomedi
20. International Falls

1. Benilde-St. Margaret's
2. Anoka
3. Minnetonka
4. Hill-Murray
5. Roseville
6. Edina
7. Elk River
8. White Bear Lake
9. Lakeville South
10. Eagan
11. Lakeville North
12. Irondale
13. Mounds View
14. Stillwater Area
15. Andover
16. Hopkins
17. Chaska
18. Blaine
19. North Wright County
20. Champlin Park

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 61-70

Posted by: Feldman

Today's Rivalry Recaps feature a historic matchup in a section championship game, a remarkable late-game comeback by Mayo for an OT victory, and a playoff matchup in front of a record crowd.
Let's get right to it today, with games 61-70, spanning March, 1994, to January, 1998.

GAME 61 / March 5, 1994 / Mayo 5, JM 2
Mayo wins historic matchup
For a rivalry that had spanned nearly 30 years and 60 games, this game marked the first time that Mayo and John Marshall had met in a section championship game. This one just happened to be played on the Olympic-size ice sheet at the newly opened Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. The difference in the game came down to specialty teams, with Mayo scoring three power play goals in the victory. Nate Moen scored just his fourth goal of the season on a power play with 36 seconds to go in the second period, and it held up as the game winner. "It felt great," Moen said. "It's the best feeling in the world. This is what we've looked rorward to all our lives." Senior Mike Rippentrop scored twice for the Spartans. Moen's goal snapped a 2-2 tie and gave Mayo the lead for good. The Spartans advanced to state for the second time in three years. … Mayo senior Josh Spaniol missed most of the game when his shoulder popped out early in the second period. … This game marked just the second time ever that Mayo had beaten JM three times in a season (1973-74).  ... Both goalies, Mayo's Kevin Truax and JM's Derek Link, had 18 saves.

GAME 62 / Jan. 5, 1995 / JM 3, Mayo 2
JM rebounds, survives
JM lost three consecutive games at the Kiwanis Festival, then had to face its biggest rival coming out of the Christmas break. The Rockets rallied nicely, building a 3-0 lead early in the third period, then holding off a Mayo rally down the stretch. Darrell Link, Brian Buskowiak and Dan Wegwerth scored for JM. Buskowiak got the winner, on a power play at 4:49 of the third. Tony Grosso scored twice for Mayo in the final 5:23 and the Spartans had a golden opportunity to tie it in the final minute. They had a 5-on-3 power play and Grosso scored at 14:22 to make it 3-2. The Spartans then pressured JM goalie Derek Link (34 saves), but couldn't get another one past him.

GAME 63 / Feb. 4, 1995 / Mayo 4, JM 1
Solid 'D' lifts Spartans
Mayo limited John Marshall to just 19 shots on goal and the Spartans won their eighth consecutive game of the 1994-95 season. Tony Grosso scored twice for the Spartans, who never trailed in the game. JM goalie Derek Link held his team in the game — the score was just 2-1 after two periods — with 34 saves on 37 shots faced (Mayo scored an empty-netter in the third). Marc Ranfranz stopped 18 shots for Mayo.

GAME 64 / Jan. 4, 1996 / Mayo 5, JM 1
Power play powers Mayo
Mayo scored on its first three power plays and went up 5-0 when Jason Davis scored his second goal of the game with 10 seconds to go in the second period. JM's Brandon Kanz spoiled Mayo's shutout bid with a slapshot from the point with 4:50 to go in the htird. JM outshot Mayo, 31-28. Marc Ranfranz was outstanding for the Spartans, making 30 saves.

GAME 65 / Feb. 3, 1996 / Mayo 4, JM 3 (OT)
Mayo wins in wild fashion
Mayo took drama in this rivalry to a new level in this game. The Spartans scored twice in the final 1:58 of regulation, one from Jason Davis at the 13:02 mark, and the tying goal from Matt Leimbek (his second of the game) with just 7 seconds to go in regulation. Then, Jason Notermann capped a wild comeback by putting a shot through the legs of JM goalie Derek Link with just 12 seconds to go in OT. "Right when I grabbed the puck, I looked at the clock and saw 20 seconds," Notermann said. "I was thinking this was the last play of the game, if we don't capitalize …" Brian Buskowiak scored twice for the Rockets. Both goalies were again phenomenal, with Link and Mayo's Marc Ranfranz each stopping 28 shots.

GAME 66 / Feb. 24, 1996 / JM 5, Mayo 1
JM ends Mayo's season in front of record crowd
More than 3,000 fans packed the Rec Center — a number the P-B reported was the largest crowd ever to watch a high school hockey game in Rochester — to watch JM top Mayo in a Section 1AA semifinal game. It was sweet revenge for the Rockets, who had lost to the Spartans twice in the regular season. JM goalie Derek Link stepped up to stop the handful of quality scoring chances that Mayo had. After the Spartans pulled within 2-1 in the third, Link made sure they would get no closer. Midway through the third, Mayo's Matt Leimbek put on a highlight-reel series of moves to get the puck into the Rockets zone. Leimbek shook a JM defender and cut across the net, but Link moved with him to make the stop. JM went on to beat Albert Lea in the section championship game and advance to the state tournament.

GAME 67 / Jan. 2, 1997 / Mayo 4, JM 0
Brawl puts halt to game
The scoreboard read 4-0 with 3.9 seconds to go when the officials put a halt to one of the most testy games in the long rivalry. A late-game brawl resulted in two players being ejected. A crunching hit into the boards left Mayo's Matt Leimbek with a cut over his left eye and JM's Matt Hangge in the box with a 5-minute major. Coaches Lorne Grosso and Bruce Frutiger addressed the crowd over the PA system in an attempt to calm emotions among students and players. "It's stupid hockey. I hate stuff like that," Grosso said. Marc Ranfranz made 11 saves to earn the shutout for Mayo, while the Spartans' top line did all of the scoring — two for Brian Buskowiak, one each for Leimbek and Jason Notermann.

GAME 68 / Feb. 1, 1997 / Mayo 3, JM 2
Spartans win by a foot
Mayo goalie Marc Ranfranz preserved the Spartans' second consecutive victory against JM by a foot. With Mayo up by a goal in the third period, JM's Matt Hangge broke free, short-handed. He made his move and thought he had Ranfranz beaten, but Ranfranz stuck his leg out and saved the victory with a foot save. "I thought he had me," Ranfranz said. "I just got the edge of my toe on it."  Said Hangge: "I thought I had him. He made a great save. I had him going one way, then he stuck his foot out." Jason Notermann scored twice for the Spartans, including the game winner with 4:34 remaining in the third period. Brian Buskowiak also scored once for Mayo, while Ranfranz finished with 13 saves. JM received goals from Hangge and Adam Renkly. Rockets goalie Derek Link had another superb outing, stopping 38 shots, including 16 in the first period.

GAME 69 / Dec. 18, 1997 / Mayo 1, JM 0
Spartans survive rare 1-0 game
For just the third time in the history of the rivalry, Mayo and JM played to a 1-0 outcome (JM had won both of the previous 1-0 games). It hasn't happened since. Mayo coach Lorne Grosso called it "not a typical crosstown game. Both teams were so defensive minded." Brian Fisher scored the only goal of the game, midway through the third period, and Tanner Moffit made 16 saves to earn the shutout. He preserved the victory with a pair of big-time saves in the second period, stopping JM on two short-handed breakaways.

GAME 70 / Jan. 27, 1998 / Mayo 7, JM 4
A historic meeting, an unlikely hero
In the final game between the long-time rivals before Rochester Century began playing varsity hockey, Mayo snapped a 3-3 tie by scoring three consecutive goals. Jason Thackeray stepped up for the Spartans, taking the place of injured forward Colin Nash, and scoring two goals, with one assist. Thackeray's first goal, on a power play at 13:11 of the second, held up as the game winner. In addition to Thackeray's big night, defenseman Kevin Landherr had a goal and three assists for the Spartans, Brian Fisher had a goal and two assists, Ben Fjerstad had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Wiltgen had two assists. JM's goals were scored  by Andy Vix, Steve Rettke, Greg Schelling and Adam Renkly. "Any win against JM is nice," Mayo coach Landherr told the P-B after the game. "It's always a big game. This is the game you really want to win, if you're going to win any." Tanner Moffit made 18 saves to pick up the victory.

Through 70 games
• JM leads the series, 40-28-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 249-195

January 17, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 51-60

Posted by: Feldman

Before we get to today's Rivalry Recaps, thanks for all the feedback I've received so far. I've heard so many stories from people about their memories of the JM-Mayo rivalry, that I'm now convinced I could write a book about it. There's no way I'll be able to get them all into print. So, you know, if any of you can convince the big bosses at the P-B that I need to devote a few months to writing a book on the topic, feel free to try. ;)

When I'm done with the project, I'll try to post more of those stories, as well as comments from people I've interviewed, that didn't get into the print edition.

Today we hit games 51-60 in the rivalry, spanning February, 1990, through February, 1994. Today's recaps start with Mayo's biggest win in the 102-game rivalry. They also include a JM player bouncing back from two broken legs, a Section 1 semifinal matchup, and a former Mayo player coaching for JM.

GAME 51 / Feb. 3, 1990 / Mayo 10, JM 2
Mayo has power surge
JM dominated this rivalry for the first 50 games, but this is the game that many former Spartans believe flipped the momentum in Mayo's favor. Mayo had won just 13 of the first 50 matchups against JM, and seven of those 13 wins came by two goals or less. Mayo broke out in a big way, scoring 10 goals, the second-most ever by one team in a JM-Mayo game. Jeff Schmidt (3 goals, 3 assists) and Charlie Conn (3 goals, 2 assists) led the way for Mayo, which snapped a six-game losing streak in the series. The score was tied 2-2 after one, but Mayo scored five goals in the second period. Schmidt's entire hat trick came in the second period, as he pulled it off in a span of 3 minutes, 50 seconds. Schmidt had to go to the hospital after the game to have his thumb stitched. He gashed it after his third goal. "I lost my glove and rubbed it against the boards," he said. "It's a battle scar. It'll help me remember this even more." Mayo outshot JM, 32-25.

GAME 52 / Dec. 13, 1990 / Mayo 3, JM 1
DeBus plays well through pain
Three days prior to this game, Mayo goalie Steve DeBus broke the ring finger on his left hand. The day before the game, he cut the pinkie finger on his left hand on a skate blade. He wasn't bothered by either injury, though, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced to lift Mayo to the victory. Chad Schneider had two goals and an assist to lead the Spartans offense. DeBus held his ground through some early penalty kills, too, at one point stopping four consecutive booming slapshots by JM defenseman Steve Sabo. Matt Swanson made 26 saves for the Rockets.

GAME 53 / Jan.. 12, 1991 / Mayo 4, JM 3
A historic comeback for Mayo
JM controlled this matchup through two periods, building a 3-0 lead after 30 minutes of play. However, Mayo awoke between the second and third periods and staged one of the more remarkable comebacks in the history of the rivalry. The Spartans scored three goals in the first 8:02 of the third period to force overtime. Then, just 56 seconds into OT, Matt Hiley's second goal of the game gave Mayo a 4-3 victory and set off a wild celebration for the players in green and gold. As important, the victory gave Mayo its first sweep of a season series against JM in 16 years. It also marked just the fourth OT game between the rivals. Andy Klingsporn and Chad Schneider also scored for Mayo. Jeremy Gunderson, Bobby Lorch and Brock Peterson scored for JM. The Rockets outshot Mayo, 30-22, but Mayo had the only shot of OT.

GAME 54 / Dec. 12, 1991 / JM 3, Mayo 2
JM's Alexander bounces back
JM senior Simon Alexander spent his junior season sidelined with two broken legs suffered in a car accident. In this game, he became a hero. Alexander scored two power-play goals, indluding the game winning goal at 5:32 of the third. Mayo did its part to come back, outshooting JM 23-17 in the game and 11-1 in the third period. The Rockets' victory snapped Mayo's three-game winning streak in the series. Brian Bornhorst scored JM's first goal, for a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the first. Chad Schneider notched both of Mayo's goals, his second coming with just 4 seconds to go in the game.

GAME 55 / Jan. 25, 1992 / Mayo 8, JM 5
Smith sparks Spartans
In another of the great individual performances in the history of the rivalry, Mayo's Mark Smith had a six-point game, with four goals and two assists. Two of Smith's goals were empty-netters, coming in the closing minute, to turn a one-goal game into a three-goal game. This was as exciting as a JM-Mayo game comes. Four times in the first period, JM went up by a goal. Four times, Mayo answered. The tide turned on two key plays in the final 24 seconds of second period. With 24 seconds to go, JM captain Josh Klingfus came in on a short-handed, 1-on-0 breakaway. Mayo goalie Brian Nelson stopped his wrist shot attempt from the left circle, then stopped the rebound opportunity. Seconds later, Smith took a pass from Jason Rush, zipped into the JM zone and put a wrister past Rockets goalie Dan Kingsley with just one second left, for a 6-4 lead. JM pulled within 6-5 in the third, but Smith's pair of empty-net goals iced the win for Mayo.

GAME 56 / Feb. 29, 1992 / Mayo 3, JM 1
Spartans get emotional playoff victory
Mayo appeared to be the favorite entering this Section 1AA semifinal playoff game, but the Rockets made the Spartans earn their berth in the section title game. Mayo didn't close out the victory until 45 seconds remained, on an empty-net goal by Mark Smith. Smith also scored the game winner, on a tip-in, early in the third period. JM went up 1-0 at 4:37 of the second, when Simon Alexander scored on a rebound. Chad Schneider also scored for Mayo, which received 25 saves from freshman goalie Brian Nelson. "Nellie played out of his head," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso told the P-B following the game.

GAME 57 / Jan. 7, 1993 / JM 1, Mayo 0
Kingsley stifles Spartans
Mayo's Mike Rippentrop slammed a shot toward JM goalie Dan Kingsley in the waning seconds of the third period, desperately attempting to tie the score and force overtime. Kingsley swatted it aside, as he did 25 other times during the game, earning a rare shutout victory in this rivalry. After the save, Rippentrop skated past Kingsley and tapped him on the pads, acknowledging the great save. "Kingsley played out of his mind," Rippentrop told the P-B afterward. "That was the most fun I've ever had in a hockey game, even if we did lose." JM's Brian Ek scored the game's only goal, at 6:16 of the first period.

GAME 58 / Feb. 6, 1993 / JM 3, Mayo 2
JM wins in final minute
JM senior defenseman Marc Majerus delivered in the clutch, scoring with 41 seconds left to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Rockets to their second consecutive win against Mayo. JM led 2-0 after one on goals by Peter Cullen and Robert Redford. Majerus' game winner came on a shot from the point that hit a skate and deflected past Mayo goalie Brian Nelson. Mayo tied it 2-2 after two on goals by Mike Rippentrop and Todd Vessey. Mayo had a great chance to take a 3-2 lead in the third, when the Rockets' Brian Ek was whistled for a double-minor for roughing, but the Spartans couldn't capitalize on the power-play opportunity.

GAME 59 / Jan. 6, 1994 / Mayo 4, JM 1
Truax shines in goal for Spartans
In JM coach Bruce Frutiger's first game against his alma mater, Mayo goalie Kevin Truax stole the spotlight with a tremendous 27-save performance. Mayo players referred to Truax as "Tretiak," the famous Soviet goalie. The Spartans scored twice in the final 1:14 of the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and back up Truax's effort. Tony Grosso scored twice for the Spartans, while Mike Rippentrop and Brandon Wieck scored once each. Brian Lawler score four minutes into the game for the Rockets' lone goal.

GAME 60 / Feb. 5, 1994 / Mayo 3, JM 2 22-39
A "special" win for Mayo
Mayo scored all of its goals with a player in the penalty box, including one goal with one of its own players in the box. The Spartans scored two power play goals and one short-handed goal in the victory. Nick Tietjen and Brian Schell scored in the first period for a 2-0 Mayo lead. Tietjen's goal came on a power play, while Schell's goal came at the end of a short-handed 2-on-1 break, when he converted a feed from Brandon Wieck. Darrell Link pulled JM within 2-1 in the second, but Mike Rippentrop answered for Mayo. Brian Ek pulled JM within 3-2 at 9:40 of the second, then the goalies took over. In the third, Mayo's Kevin Truax was out of position for a moment, but recovered just in time to rob Link, who briefly had a wide open net to shoot at. JM goalie Greg Naumenko then stopped Shawn Leimbek on a breakaway, then stopped him again on the rebound to keep the Rockets within a goal. 

Through 60 games
• JM leads 38-20-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 228-159

January 16, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 41-50

Posted by: Feldman

We're almost halfway through the Rivalry Recaps, guess I better get going on my actual stories for Friday's print edition, eh? ;)

Today's 10 recaps feature an unlikely rally, the appearance of names "Podein" and "Zmolek," and the last JM-Mayo game for one of the city's all-time greatest coaches.

GAME 41 / Feb. 16, 1985 / JM 5, Mayo 4 (OT)
A goodbye gift for Sack
In the first minute of overtime, Mark Hugeback hit Guy Woodle with a perfect feed and Woodle beat Mayo goalie  Ray Perry low to the near side for a victory that clinched a conference title. It added a great parting gift for 32-year coach Gene Sack, who coached in his final JM-Mayo game. The Big Nine title was 10th and last. "It feels great inside," Sack said. "For the kids to give that kind of an effort, maybe this one was the best."  JM never trailed in the game. Hugeback made it 1-0 just 28 seconds in on a feed from Shjon Podein. The duo connected again late in the first for a 2-1 lead, and Jim Wentworth and Woodle scored in the second for a 4-1 lead. Podein assisted on the first three JM goals as the Rockets went 10-0-0 in Big Nine play. Ross Johnson scored twice for Mayo, while Joe Lovett and Andy Newcomer scored once each. JM's Kevin Swanson made 21 saves, including three from close range in OT.

GAME 42 / Dec. 19, 1985 / Mayo 3, JM 2
Unlikely rally lifts Spartans
Mayo trailed 2-1 in the final minute of the third period, but with its goalie pulled, Mayo's Andy Sterioff scored with 45 seconds remaining. Just 10 seconds later, Joe Kimball tapped in a feed from Ross Johnson to help the No. 8-ranked Spartans improve to 4-1. JM saw its 15-game Big Nine Conference win streak snapped. Johnson also set up Sterioff for the tying goal. Shjon Podein had snapped a 1-1 tie at 7:52 of the third when he beat Mayo goalie Ray Perry to the short side. Steve Danek scored late in the second period for a 1-0 JM lead, but Mayo answered just 34 seconds into the third when Sterioff scored on a rebound of a shot by Todd Huyber.

GAME 43 / Feb. 15, 1986 / JM 5, Mayo 0
Hats off to Podein
JM senior winger Shjon Podein said he "had been nervous about this game for a month." But, two days prior, he predicted his Rockets would win, 5-0. Podein backed up his talk with a hat trick — all unassisted — and his prediction came true as JM won, 5-0. JM coach Bob Frerker also saw some supernatural forces align. "No kidding, I dreamt about this, and it was 5-0," he said. It was a rebound victory for JM, which lost a 2-1 lead in the final 45 seconds against Mayo in their first meeting of the season. Sophomore goalie Jeff Kruesel got his first-ever start against Mayo and made the most of it, stopping 32 shots to record his third consecutive shutout and lower his goals-against average to 1.75 in 13 games (7-4-2). The loss was Mayo's first in 12 games.

GAME 44 / Jan. 15, 1987 / Mayo 3, JM 0
Shutout a long time coming for Mayo
In front of a packed Rec Center, Mayo goalie Gary Aug made 22 saves and the Spartans denied JM on six power-play chances to earn their first shutout against the Rockets since Dec. 8, 1973. Mayo scored all three of its goals on the power play, including the game winner by Scot Rownd at 10:29 of the opening period. The Spartans had just 15 shots on goal in the game, while JM had 22.

GAME 45 / Feb. 21, 1987 / JM 7, Mayo 0
Rockets take back Big 9 title
After watching Mayo win the Big Nine Conference title in 1985-86, JM put itself back on top with a shutout thumping of its top rival, 7-0. The win gave the Rockets the conference crown by one point over Mayo. JM finished 10-1-1 in conference play, while Mayo finished 10-2-0. Chris Ratzloff had a hat trick and Doug Zmolek scored twice for JM. Jeff Kruesel and Steve Erickson combined to get the shutout in goal. Kruesel stopped all but one of Mayo's 13 shots; he was benched with eight minutes to go after getting a 10-minute misconduct penalty.

GAME 46 / Jan. 14, 1988 / JM 7, Mayo 1
Diminutive Danek lifts Rockets
Steve Danek, a 5-foot-6 sparkplug of a forward, had a four-point game, including a nice tip-in of a Mike Aikens slapshot from the point in the third period. The third-ranked Rockets improved to 11-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Nine. Danek set up Mike Curry twice and Gene Rebellato once for goals. JM outshot Mayo, 40-14. Geoff Olsen scored Mayo's goal on a nice feed from Tom Kelley.

GAME 47 / Feb. 20, 1988 / JM 8, Mayo 2
Rockets bring party to the ice
JM's Pat Ferschweiler celebrated his birthday on and off the ice. He had a hat trick and an assist in JM's 8-2 romp. "We kind of postponed the (off-ice) party, but that's OK. I'd say this was a good enough birthday present," Ferschweiler told the P-B. The win gave JM its second consecutive Big Nine title and fifth in six years. JM led 3-0 — on two goals by Ferschweiler and one by Tom Graham — before Mayo got its first shot on goal (10:31 in). JM outshot Mayo, 36-17.

GAME 48 / Jan. 14, 1989 / JM 4, Mayo 1
Less is more for Rockets
Mayo outshot JM, 29-23, but the Rockets never trailed in beating Mayo for a fourth consecutive time. JM led 2-0 after one period and remained unbeaten in the Big Nine (5-0 conference, 10-4 overall). Mayo dropped to 4-1, 9-5. The Rockets scored twice in the first 5:50 of the game, then again 2:57 into the third for a 3-0 lead. Troy Bixby and Eric Monsrud scored in the first for JM, while Bucky Flores and Corey Ratzloff scored in the third. Mayo's Andy Klingsporn spoiled JM's shutout with 6:39 to go in the third. Sam Pearson had 28 saves for JM, while Steve DeBus made 19 stops for Mayo. Flores' goal was his first point of the season.

GAME 49 / Feb. 11, 1989 / JM 1, Mayo 0
Rockets grind out a shutout
Eric Means jammed in a centering pass from Scott Monsrud at 5:56 of the second period for the only goal JM needed. The Rockets went 12-0 in Big Nine Conference play and clinched a third consecutive conference championship. JM's 12 conference wins set a single-season record and it marked just the second time a team had gone unbeaten in Big Nine play. Sam Person made 23 saves to earn the shutout, while Mayo's Dan Beaupre made 30 saves. Pearson stood tall in the second after Means' goal, on three tries by the Spartans: (1). James Balkins hit the post at 7:16 with Pearson out of position; (2) he denied Brent Harders at the goal mouth at 7:56; and (3) Jon Lobland and Tom Kelley were stopped on consecutive chances from close range at 8:49. JM was ranked No. 3 in the state at the time and earned the 11th shutout in the history of the rivalry.

GAME 50 / Dec. 14, 1989 / JM 3, Mayo 2
JM wins goaltender battle
A sign on the wall at Graham Arena said "The Puck Stops Here." It sure did in this game. JM's Sam Pearson (29 saves) and Mayo's Steve DeBus (26) both had outstanding performances. Pearson had to battle to preserve the victory in the final minute. Mayo's Bill Towey scored with 37 seconds to go to pull within 3-2. Mayo pressured again, but Pearson made a big kick save with 10 seconds to go, then smothered the puck in a sramble with 3 seconds to go. DeBus' best save came with 8:42 remaining, when he came well out of the crease to stop a close-range shot by JM's T.J. Ratzloff. Brock Peterson scored the game winning goal for the Rockets.

Through 50 games
• JM leads 35-13-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 206-120

January 15, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 31-40

After some long hours put in digging this information up over the summer and fall, it feels like we're burning through these Rivalry Recaps (yeah, that's what I'm going with now because I'm not clever enough to come up with something better) at a rapid rate. We're already to games 31-40, spanning December, 1980, through December, 1984.

Today's Rivalry Recaps include another tie, a good goaltending battle in a section playoff game, and a JM-Mayo game that was televised live in Rochester.

GAME 31 / Dec. 23, 1980 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Rockets "kill" Spartans hopes
JM played nearly half the game with a man in the penalty box, but the Rockets penalty killers were up to the task. Specialty teams were key to the outcome, asJM shut down Mayo on six power play opportunities. The Rockets converted on one of their three chances, as Craig Nelson dug the puck out of the corner and centered it to Derek Anderson. He beat Spartans goalie John McCally for a 1-0 lead at 8:14 of the first. Nelson put back a rebound at 5:05 of the third period, but Mayo answered 2:08 later, when Eric Osmundson poked a rebound past JM goalie Jeff Aikens. McCally was pulledfor an extra attackerwith 1:09 to go, but Mayo didn't get another shot on goal. Both goalies were sharp; McCallum made 33 saves and Aikens had 23.

GAME 32 / Jan. 15, 1981 / JM 5, Mayo 4
Rockets propelled by top line
JM received a goal and an assist each from Dirk Anderson, Craig Nelson and Sam Bakken, and goalie Jeff Aikens made 36 saves. JM (9-3-1 overall) remained unbeatne in Southern Minnesota Hockey League play (7-0-1). Bakken scored the game winner at 11:10 of the third. Mayo's only lead came 2:38 into the second, when Dave Jones put back the rebound of a shot by Todd Mattson. JM's Joe Reich and Nelson scored just minutes later for a 3-2 JM lead. Nelson scored after stealing the puck at his own blue line, out-racing Mayo defenseman Eric Chaapel and beating Spartans goalie John McCally over his left shoulder. Chaapel pulled Nelson to the ice as he scored and, in frustration, lifted Nelson's stick up and over the glass, resulting in a 10-minute misconduct. More scuffles broke out late in the second period, with four players sent to the box at the same time after Nelson went hard to the net and crashed into McCally. Mayo's Rick Smith scored with 26 seconds to go, but the Spartans couldn't get the tying goal.

GAME 33 / Dec. 12, 1981 / Mayo 4, JM 4
Mayo's perseverance leads to tie
For just the second -- and most recent -- time in rivalry history, Mayo and JM played to a draw. This one came in front of more than 1,600 fans at Graham Arena. The game started at the same time as the Vikings game at Detroit, but the fans who went to the hockey game made the right call -- the Vikings lost, 45-7, their fourth consecutive loss in a string of five in a row to end a 7-9 season. Mayo and JM put on a better show, tying on the scoreboard and in shots on goal (each team had 30). Mayo's perseverance was the story, though, as it rallied from a 3-1 deficit with less than 6 minutes to go to force OT. Dirk Anderson, John Dey and Mike Morben scored in a span of 4:43 in the second period for a 3-0 Rockets lead. Brad Johnson answered for Mayo to pull within 3-1 after two. Don Loehr started the Spartans late rally with 5:21 to go in the third. Jim Johannson scored 10 seconds later to tie it, then Johnson's second of the game made it 4-3 Mayo with 2:53 to go in the third. JM wasn't rattled, though, and Guy Gosselin's slapshot with 2:17 to go beat Mayo goalie John McCally to force OT. Mayo outshot JM, 5-4, in OT, but both teams left the rink with 0-2-1 records.

GAME 34 / Jan. 26, 1982 / Mayo 4, JM 1
Mayo strikes early, McCally does rest
Mayo scored three times on its first five shots, spanning the first 5:38, in front of a packed Graham Arena, and the Spartans defense did the rest. John McCally made 31 saves -- 26 through the first two periods -- including a total of 10 on two seperate JM power plays. Mayo sophomore Jim Grosso scored twice in the game-opening flurry, including one on the first shot of the game. "I know there have been times people don't have as much confidence in me as I do in myself," McCally said, "but I know, and I think coach Grosso knows, what I can do." JM coach Gene Sack said about McCally: "I've never seen him better." Chris Beck and John Siever also scored for Mayo, while Dave Ney scored for the Rockets. JM appeared to score on its first shot -- a blast from the point by Guy Gosselin -- but it was waved off because of a man in the crease.

GAME 35 / Dec. 10, 1982 / JM 3, Mayo 2
Rockets win on live TV
JM veteran Scott Schneider scored his first goal of the season to snap a 1-1 tie in the second period and give the Rockets a permanent lead. The game was televised live on KTTC with Glen Sonmor doing color commentary. Schneider was playing through pain, too. According to the Post-Bulletin report, he had to be taken to the hospital after the game because of a back injury. The injury occurred when he was flipped by a Mayo player's check just before the second period buzzer. JM's Jim Wentworth, a sophomore defenseman, scored the game winner at 5:14 of the third. Mayo's Joe Position scored three minutes later on a power play to make it a one-goal game. JM goalie John Paulson did the rest, stopping 28 shots. Mark Gauthier made 31 saves for Mayo.

GAME 36 / Jan. 29, 1983 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Aakre lifts JM, extends goal streak
JM senior forward Scott Aakre scored a power play goal late in the second period to lift JM to the victory. It was Aakre's seventh goal in five games after returning from a back injury. His goal came on a 5-on-3 power play with 2:46 to go in the second period, and it held up as the game winner. Junior defenseman Trace Ford gave the Rockets a 1-0 lead with a slapshot from just inside the blue line 4:38 into the game. Mayo defenseman Brad Glynn put back his own rebound 1:17 later to tie the score. JM goalie John Paulson stopped 26 shots to earn the win, while Matt Gauthier made 23 saves for Mayo.

GAME 37 / DEC. 8, 1983 / Mayo 5, JM 3
Spartans hold on through late flurry
Mayo built a 4-1 lead after two periods on two goals by Andy Newcomer and one each from Jim Grosso and Bob Osmundson. The Spartans still led 4-1 with three minutes to go, but JM's Don Week scored at with 2:36 remaining and Chad Whiting tallied with 1:40 to go, cutting Mayo's lead to 4-3. Mayo's Ross Johnson finally ended the threat with less than 30 seconds to go, scoring an empty netter for the win. "I don't think I would've ever lived that down if JM had come back to win," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso told the P-B.

GAME 38 / Jan. 28, 1984 / JM 7, Mayo 4
Strong debut for freshman goalie
Freshman goalie Dan Monnet stopped 18 shots for JM in his first varsity start and Joe Vesey scored twice for the Rockets, who outshot Mayo, 34-22. Eric Swanson, a JM co-captain, also had a big game with a goal and two assists. The Rockets led 3-0 after the first period and 5-3 after two. Doug Wieck and Ross Johnson each had a goal and an assist for Mayo.

GAME 39 / Feb. 25, 1984 / JM 2, Mayo 0
Rockets win, advance to section semifinals
JM's Chad Whiting had gone six games without a goal prior to the Section 1AA tournament. Guy Woodle had scored once in that span. Whiting broke out of his slump with a hat trick a few days earlier against Faribault in the first round of the Section 1AA playoffs. Against Mayo, he and Woodle scored once each to lift the Rockets past the Spartans. Woodle scored unassisted at 8:09 of the second, and Whiting finished it at 13:46 of the third. Freshman Dan Monnet stood tall in goal, stopping 19 shots. Mayo was hampered by the loss of top scorer Doug Wieck (31-24—55), who left the game after three shifts because of a hip pointer suffered in Mayo's 13-1 first-round playoff win against New Prague. JM moved on to the section semifinals, where it lost to top-seeded Burnsville.

GAME 40 / Dec. 20, 1984 / JM 7, Mayo 4
Balanced Rockets earn 'W'
JM built a 6-3 lead through two periods, outshot Mayo 42-17 and picked up its third consecutive victory against Mayo. Seven players scored once each for the Rockets, including senior captain Guy Woodle. Andy Sterioff scored twice for the Spartans, his first goal pulling the Spartans within 4-3 at 10:02 of the second. But Woodle and Todd Siems each scored in the next 3:09 to push the JM lead to 6-

Through 40 games
• JM leads, 27-11-2
• JM has outscored Mayo, 164-104

High School Hockey | MSHSL acts swiftly on checking rules

Posted by: Feldman

It seems like, when the Minnesota State High School League makes rules changes in any sport, it takes months or years for them to finalize those changes. They need to do research, discussion with coaches, officials, etc. 

There was no such lag time when it comes to changes in checking rules.

Beginning Monday, most of the gray area in the rulebook will be removed. Any checking from behind, boarding or head contact call will become an automatic 5-minute major penalty and a 10-minute misconduct, as opposed to a 2-minute minor or a 2-minute minor and a 10-minute misconduct. Really, the only thing still left to the officials discretion will be whether or not to give an offending player a game disqualification. A game DQ will be called on any check "that is deemed flagrant or causes the player to crash head-first into the boards or goal frame. A game DQ means the offending player is thrown out of the current game and cannot play in the team's next game.

Here is a link to the audio slide show that the MSHSL put together for coaches and officials to watch. Check it out if you have time; it'll give you a good understanding of what the MSHSL and the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Association are trying to accomplish.

According to the MSHSL, the rules changes were implemented immediately "to continue the league's efforts to reduce and remove dangerous contact that has led to severe injuries to players." The change comes on the heels of recent severe injuries suffered by two high school players -- Jack Jablonski and Jenna Privette -- who were hit from behind.

The part of the rule change that could really cause some problems for teams is the change that makes any contact-to-the-head penalty an automatic 5-minute major. There has been an obvious emphasis placed on calling head contact penalties this year; I'm sure I've seen at least one in every high school game I've been to this season.

If head contact penalties continue to be called at the rate they are now, we're immediately going to see a lot of major penalties called. That means we'll see less 5-on-5 play and players on teams' top two lines will see more ice time, since many of them are their team's best power play and penalty kill guys.

The MSHSL is also asking officials to consistently enforce these penalties. This was a common complaint I've heard in recent weeks; that not all officials call these penalties the same way. In the audio slide show, MSHSL officials tell game officials that they should not and cannot be concerned about the reactions of fans, coaches or players when they're calling these penalties. If complaints from coaches continue, referees should issue a bench minor, the MSHSL says. 

The MSHSL requested and received permission from the National Federation of State High School Associations to alter the three penalties on an experimental basis for the remainder of the current season. The permission was required so as to not jeopardize the MSHSL's membership on the national rules committee.

January 14, 2012

The JM-Mayo rivalry: Games 21-30

Posted by: Feldman

No time to mess around today. Right back to the JM-Mayo rivalry. Here we go, games 21-30 (January of 1976 through January of 1980):

GAME 21 / Jan. 17, 1976 / JM 2, Mayo 1
Rockets win a nail-biter
A capacity crowd of more than 2,000 at Graham Arena watched what P-B reporter Bob Abbott called "the finest all-around hockey game in Rochester this season." JM sophomore Bruce Aikens scored the decisive goal early in the third period. JM outshout Mayo, 33-13, but Mayo goalie Cliff White made 26 saves through two periods and 31 in the game. Eric Strobel put Mayo up, 1-0, at 1:47 of the second period. JM waited until the final minute of the second to answer, as freshman winger Todd Lecy made it 1-1 with a slapshot from the point that sailed over White's left shoulder. Aikens then beat White five-hole, 1:43 into the third for the game winner. (Note: About a month after this game, on Feb. 14, 1976, Lecy scored five goals in the third period of a 6-2 win against Burnsville in the championship game of the Southern Minnesota Hockey League, played at Owatonna).

GAME 22 / Jan. 15, 1977 / JM 7, Mayo 3
Power play goals boost Rockets in rough game
JM scored three power play goals and built a 6-0 lead before Mayo even got on the board. Scott Lecy and Bruce Aikens took care of all the scoring for the Rockets. Lecy scored four goals and Aikens had three. Lecy made it 1-0, with a power play goal just 1:39 into the game. Mayo took another penalty on the next shift and Aikens cashed in, making it 2-0 at the 3:05 mark. Even the game officials called it an overly-rough game. Al Gramentz and Russ Meister of St. Paul reffed a Rockets-Spartans game for a seventh consecutive season. "It looked like both teams came to run at one another," Meister told the P-B. "I've never seen it this bad ... there was a definite lack of discipline out there." Both teams were called for 13 penalties. Mayo scored all of its goals in the third -- by Dale Roseboom, Jim Fisher and Steve Dorschner.

GAME 23 / Feb. 19, 1977 / JM 5, Mayo 2
Rockets' "D" does the job
JM's high-flying, high-scoring team showed it can play some defense, too. Junior defenseman Paul Brandrup returned to the lineup after missing several games with an ankle injury. He helped the Rockets limit Mayo to just 13 shots on goal. Scott Lecy staked JM to a 2-0 lead in the first, then completed a hat trick with an empty-net goal with 27 seconds remaining. Doug Letourneau and Tom Taylor also scored for JM. Mayo's goals came from Jim Alexander and John Johannson.

GAME 24 / Feb. 7, 1977 / JM 11, Mayo 2
Lecy has record night as Rockets roll to section semis
Scott Lecy had dozens of impressive performances during his time in a JM uniform. None were quite as eye-popping as the last high school game he played in Rochester, a Section 1 quarterfinal game against the Rockets biggest rival. Lecy scored four goals and assisted on four others, for an eight-point game, the best individual performance ever in a JM-Mayo game. The victory lifted JM into a Section 1 semifinal game against Burnsville (of course, the Rockets won and went on to win the only state hockey title a Rochester team has ever captured). Lecy's linemate, Bruce Aikens, had a very good game, too, with three goals and two assists. Jeff Teal scored twice, while Paul Brandrup and Bill Michael scored once each. JM outshot Mayo, 36-17, and scored three short-handed goals in the game. "I've never had a player who can score in so many different ways," JM coach Gene Sack said of Lecy.

GAME 25 / Dec. 17, 1977 / JM 4, Mayo 0
Rockets strike early, roll past Spartans
Todd Lecy scored 15 seconds into the game and the Rockets rolled from there, shutting out Mayo for the fourth time ever. "I thought we played a pretty good game," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said, "but they just had too much for us to handle. They're the (defending) state champions and they looked like it." Lecy scored again in the second period, and Jeff Teal also scored twice for JM. Paul Brandrup and Dan Erickson each had two assists, while Paul Butters stopped all 30 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Brad Churchward made 28 saves for Mayo.

GAME 26 / Jan. 19, 1978 / JM 8, Mayo 2
JM takes charge in the first period
JM stormed to six goals in the first period, winning its ninth consecutive game against Mayo and 12th consecutive of the season. Todd Lecy and Doug Letourneau each scored twice in the first for the Rockets, while Scott Monsrud and Todd Kothenbeutel scored once each. Jeff Teal and Bruce Aikens added a goal each. Jim Alexander and John Johannson had Mayo's goals. While the outcome was determined early, some notable scouts stuck around until the end. University of Minnesota coach Herb Brooks, Wisconsin's Bob Johnson and scouts from Michigan Tech were on hand.

GAME 27 / Dec. 23, 1978 / Mayo 5, JM 2
Spartans solve Butters, snap skid
There was a lot of relief and a lot of joy in the post-game Mayo locker room. The Spartans shook several monkeys from their backs by topping JM. The win snapped JM's nine-game winning streak in the series -- dating to the 1974-75 season. It also marked the first time Mayo had beaten JM standout goalie Paul Butters, who won all five of his previous starts against the Spartans. John Johannson's goal at 2:05 of the second period gave Mayo a 1-0 lead, the first time Mayo ever held a lead against Butters. Todd Lecy answered for JM late in the second, making it a 1-1 game after two. But Mayo scored three consecutive goals -- by Johannson, Ricky Smith and Paul Osmundson -- in a span of 6:59 in the third to make it 4-1. Butters finished with 23 saves, while Scott Heins made 22 for Mayo.

GAME 28 / Jan. 18, 1979 / JM 5, Mayo 1
Letourneau, Lecy lift Rockets
Todd Lecy had a goal and an assist to lift JM to a victory against a Mayo team that had beaten it by three goals just a month earlier. Mayo, however, held onto a slim lead in the Southern Division of the Southern Minnesota Hockey League. Mayo dropped to 5-1-1, while JM improved to 4-1-1. Lecy was hampered by a leg injury during the first JM-Mayo game of the season, then missed six games after that. His goal tied it 1-1 late in the first, then he assisted on Jay Anderson's goal that made it 3-1. "Lecy's a sparkplug," JM coach Gene Sack said. "He just gets those guys going." Jim Fisher scored Mayo's only goal, at 6:28 of the first period. It was the only shot to get past Paul Butters (23 saves). Doug Letourneau scored twice for JM, including the game winner at 4:18 of the second period. Rick Ruesink added a power play goal for the Rockets in the third. Scott Heins made 17 saves for Mayo.

GAME 29 / Dec. 22, 1979 / Mayo 4, JM 3
Favored Spartans survive
Mayo outshot JM, 40-23, but Rockets goalie Jeff Aikens made 36 saves to keep the outcome in doubt until the final buzzer. Mayo, heavily favored, improved to 5-0. JM dropped to 1-4. "I've been trying to tell people that you can't take anyone in the (Southern Minnesota Hockey) League for granted," Mayo coach Lorne Grosso said. "The rivalry is too great. The emotions are too high." JM led 2-1 after one on goals by Craig Nelson and Mike Keefe. Mayo's Jeff Whitney scored in between. The Spartans controlled the second, building a 4-2 lead on goals by Whitney, John Johannson and Eric Osmundson. Keefe scored again for JM with 54 seconds to go, but Mayo goalie Scott Heins stood tall down the stretch. He had 20 saves in the game. Heins robbed Nelson with a stick save on a breakaway with 7:28 to in the game and he stopped Pete Segar from point-blank range with 5:39 to go.

GAME 30 / Jan. 17, 1980 / JM 5, Mayo 2
JM dominates play in upset victory
Mayo came in as the No. 5-ranked team in the state, but JM left little doubt from the opening shift who the better team was on this night. Mayo struck first, midway through the first, when Pat Kennedy beat JM goalie Jeff Aikens, but the Rockets' confidence was never shaken. They responded a couple of minutes later when Jay Anderson tied it at 1-1. Then with 20 seconds to go in the first, Chuck Paulson's slapshot gave JM a permanent lead. Mayo had its chances. The Spartans had three straight power plays in the second -- all in an eight-minute span -- but Aikens (22 saves) and the Rockets smothered them all. John Reveleand, Sam Bakken and Anderson all scored in the third as the Rockets pulled away. Only four penalties were called until a fight erupted after time expired, resulting in game disqualifications for Mayo's Bill Watson and JM's Joe Reich and Guy Gosselin. All three players had to sit out the next game.

Through 30 games
* JM leads 20-9-1
* JM has outscored Mayo, 128-75

January 13, 2012

High School Hockey Today | Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

Posted by: Feldman

All right, so it's still Friday night and I'm an hour early with this, but I wanted to make sure it got posted before our Rochester teams actually played their games on Saturday.

All four Rochester teams are in action, three in town. Two games are at Graham Arena I, and both figure to be very good matchups. And, in what has been a very competitive season in the Big Nine, there's a chance we could have a four-way tie for first place in the conference after Saturday's games, if JM beats Austin and Mayo beats Century, then the three Rochester schools and Albert Lea will be tied with 14 points. Century can take over sole possession of first in the conference with a win against Mayo.

We'll start today's previews with the non-conference game that will begin at 2 p.m. at Graham:

When: Today, 2 p.m. (JV at noon).
Where: Graham Arena I.
Records: EC Memorial 10-2-2; Lourdes 11-4-0.
Coaches: EC Memorial, Mike Schwengler; Lourdes, Josh Spaniol.
Last meeting: Memorial beat Lourdes, 2-0, in a semifinal game of the Kiwanis Festival on Dec. 29, 2010, at Graham Arena IV. Brady Burzynski scored twice in the second period for the Old Abes, and senior goalie Saxton Soley made 19 saves in a physical, entertaining game.
Last game: Memorial lost to Chippewa Falls, 4-2, on Thursday; Lourdes beat New Ulm, 8-4, on Thursday.
Game notes: Memorial finished second in the Class AA bracket of the Kiwanis/Think Bank Festival last month at Graham Arena. The Old Abes gave up a total of one goal in three games at the Kiwanis, but finished second. They tied Rochester Century 0-0 in the title game, then lost in a shootout. ... The Old Abes' loss to Chippewa Falls snapped a 12-game unbeaten streak. ... Memorial is led by junior D Mike Kapla (5-21—26), a USHL draft pick, and senior F Matthew Knapp (13-10—23). ... Junior F Alex Funk is on a tear for Lourdes. Funk has accounted for 23 points in the past seven games, including four goals and an assist in Thursday's win against New Ulm. … Senior Jesse Neumann will likely start in goal today for Lourdes.

When: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Graham Arena I.
Records: Century, 7-1-0 Big Nine, 11-4-1 overall; Mayo 5-1-0, 8-5-0.
Coaches: Century, Josh Klingfus; Mayo, Lorne Grosso.
Last meeting: Century beat Mayo, 4-2, on Feb. 24, 2011, in a Section 1AA quarterfinal game at Graham Arena. The score was tied 1-1 after one and 2-2 after two. Luke Klugherz and Nick Jacobs scored short-handed goals in the third to lift Century.
Last game: Century beat Albert Lea, 3-1, on Thursday; Mayo lost at Virginia, 4-2, on Jan. 7.
Game notes: Century leads the all-time series between these teams, 23-17-1. ... The teams have split their past 10 meetings, each winning five times. ... The teams met four times last season, with Century winning at the Kiwanis Festival and in the Section 1AA playoffs, and Mayo winning both regular season games. ... Six Century players have reached double figures in points this season, led by senior D Brandon Kautz (11-14—25). … Junior F Adam Alcott leads Mayo in scoring (5-13—18). … Spartans junior G Case Hansen is stopping nearly 90 percent of the shots he faces. He has a 4-4-0 record, with a 2.81 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage.

JM at Austin
When: Today, 2 p.m.
Where: Riverside Arena, Austin.
Records: JM 5-3-0 Big Nine, 6-8-1 overall; Austin 0-6-0, 3-11-0.
Coaches: JM, Jay Ness; Austin, Tim Peterson.
Last meeting: JM beat Austin, 10-1, on Jan. 20, 2011, at Riverside Arena in Austin.
Last game: JM lost to Owatonna, 2-1, in OT on Thursday; Austin lost at Winona, 5-0, on Thursday.
Game notes: After this game, JM has four consecutive home games before playing four of its final five on the road. … The Rockets are still trying to find some offensive consistency. They have scored two goals or less in six of their past eight games. … Austin's three victories this season all came by one goal. … The Packers have lost five in a row and nine of their past 10. … The Packers are led in scoring by junior F Marcus Stoulil (9-7—16).